Mission

The Word Among Us Partners' mission is to share God's love and boundless mercy with Catholics in challenging circumstances through The Word Among Us magazine. Our goal is to foster ongoing conversion, leading to a deeper relationship with Christ, a growing life of prayer and Scripture reading, and more active participation in the sacraments.


25th Anniversary issue of The Word Among Us

25th Anniversary Issue

Created in 1981, the magazine's name, The Word Among Us, comes from the Prologue to the Gospel of John: "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father" (John 1:14). This passage reflects the vision and purpose of our publication — To be an instrument of the Spirit whose desire is to manifest Jesus' presence in and to the children of God. In this way, we hope to contribute to the church's ongoing mission of proclaiming the gospel to the world and growing ever more deeply in our love for the Lord.




History

1986: The Word Among Us magazine invited readers to donate for a prison “evangelism fund” to help those incarcerated to receive the Word of God.Through this invitation, The Word Among Us Partners was born.

1990: the donations received in this fund helped Partners begin its first Ministry by sending the magazine to 826 prisoners across the United States.

1995: The Prison Ministry grows and over 6,000 prisoners receive the magazine.

1998: Angela Burrin is named director of ministry to prisoners.

2000: The Prison Ministry grows and over 14,000 prisoners receive the magazine.

2005: At the height of U.S. Military Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a second Ministry was created to serve Catholic Service Members, particularly those deployed overseas who yearn to deepen their prayer life and increase their love of the Eucharist and Scripture. 5,000 service men and women and 25,000 prisoners receive magazine.

2010: Partners began making The Word Among Us available to two groups of women in need: those seeking guidance at Crisis Pregnancy Centers and at Project Rachel programs (a post abortion ministry).

2015: Partners adds College Ministry — making The Word Among Us available to Catholic College Students across the U.S.

2020: Today, Partners has grown across five ministries. We send The Word Among Us to:

• 84,000 Prisoners
• 33,000 Service Members
• 5,000 Affected by a Crisis Pregnancy
• 15,000 College Students
• 2,000 for Parish Renewal